What so many hopeful mothers-to-be don't realize is that there is only a very small window of opportunity each month in which it is possible to fall pregnant. Need are fresher course?
So, the first thing we need to get pregnant is that donation of sperm =)
Depending on your partner, sperm has a very short shelf life - one to four days. Therefore it's important to make sure that the sperm is "donated" at the right time. How do you know when it's the right time? Every woman, every cycle is different but in general, ovulation occurs half way between the start of one menstrual cycle and the next.
There's are different ways of finding out when you are ovulating. Probably the most common of which is by using an ovulation thermometer or an ovulation kit.
There is a very slight rise in body temperature during ovulation which can be measured on a specifically designed thermometer. The fluctuation occurs in the days before ovulation and is minuscule so it requires a period of getting to know what's normal for you. Each morning upon waking, you would take your temperature in bed, record it and continue on your way. It's tricky...and there's a lot of room for error.
Which is why most women tend to purchase ovulation kits. The kit contains about five days worth of tests which work the same way a pregnancy test does - by measuring the fluctuation of hormones in your urine.
But there's no need to be weeing on a stick and taking your temperature each morning if you understand the science.
Let's learn a little bit more about your partners little swimmers. Gender is determined on which little swimmer makes it there first - the X chromosome of the Y chromosome Boy chromosomes are faster swimmers. Girl chromosomes can tolerate the fatal acids found along the way.
Many people will tell you that you can actually CHOOSE the gender of your baby but you must remember that this is not a science but a gambling of odds.
So hypothetically, if your partners sperm can survive three days in your body - having your sex three days before ovulation will increase the likelihood of there being many more little girls swimming around in the uterus waiting for the ova. Having sex in the three days after ovulation will increase the likelihood of the little boy sperm racing there first. Get it?
And when do you know when you're ovulating? Let's say, for instance that your cycle last 28 days (counting from the FIRST day of your period) it will take about two weeks before your body releases the hormones that matures an ova and releases it.
The ova then swims down the fallopian tubes to your uterus over the following days. The ova will then patiently wait for her partner but if none is found, the uterus will flush itself out and begin the cycle all over again.
If your cycle is shorter than 28 days then you will ovulate earlier than two weeks. If your cycle is longer than 28 days, you ovulate later.